DNA test can quickly identify pneumonia in patients with severe COVID-19, aiding faster treatment

Researchers have developed a DNA test to quickly identify secondary infections in COVID-19 patients, who have double the risk of developing pneumonia while on

Cambridge University News • cambridge
today ~5 min

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Most school reopenings didn’t up COVID hospitalizations

It seems safe to reopen schools when there are no more than 36 to 44 total new COVID hospitalizations per 100,000 people per week, say researchers.

Keith Brannon-Tulane • futurity
Jan. 7, 2021 ~5 min

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Math model suggests optimal coronavirus treatment strategies

A biology-based mathematical model indicates why COVID-19 outcomes vary widely and how therapy can be tailored to match the needs of specific patient groups.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 5, 2021 ~6 min

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Study finds guidelines to reduce heartburn symptoms

A study of diet has found that by adhering to specific guidelines, women can reduce more than one-third of incidence of gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms.

Malorye Branca • harvard
Jan. 5, 2021 ~3 min

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‘Hovering’ cuts hospital returns after joint replacement

A program that monitored hip and knee replacement patients after they left the hospital resulted in a fourfold decline in those who had to return.

Frank Otto-Penn • futurity
Dec. 22, 2020 ~6 min

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AI could help cut waiting times for cancer by automating mark-up of patient scans prior to radiotherapy

Doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge aim to drastically cut cancer waiting times by using artificial intelligence (AI) to automate lengthy

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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A hospital that prescribes free nutritious food to families who need more than medical care

Dayton Children’s Hospital has begun to screen patients and their families for food insecurity, referring many of them to its 'Food Pharm.'

Diana Cuy Castellanos, Assistant Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition, University of Dayton • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~3 min

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Closing the mortality gap between Black and white patients

Mortality rate after cancer surgery drops during 10-year period, but gap persists between Black and white patients.

Rob Levy • harvard
Dec. 3, 2020 ~3 min

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Rural hospitals are under siege from COVID-19 – here's what doctors are facing, in their own words

Hospitals are losing staff to quarantines as rural case numbers rise, and administrators fear flu season will make make it worse. And then there's the politics.

Lauren Hughes, Physician, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~9 min

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Small study reveals details of brain damage in COVID-19 patients

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers examined six patients using a specialized magnetic resonance technique and found that COVID-19 patients with neurological symptoms show some of the same metabolic disturbances in the brain as patients who have suffered oxygen deprivation from other causes.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Nov. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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